Five bags packed. One oil change. Five pit stops. 2 large sweet teas, 4 large Diet Cokes. 465 miles traveled. All of this to get to Disney World for the #DisneySMMoms Celebration -- and I'm still not sure I'm ready for all of the action that awaits! We've checked in to the Contemporary Resort, picked up an information packet from the Disney Social Media Moms registration desk, and are trying our best to learn all about Disney's transportation system so that no one gets lost or frustrated. While Disney's transportation is pretty straight-forward once you know where you're at and where you're trying to get to, it probably would have been a good idea to brush up on "Bus, Ferryboat, and Monorail 101" before leaving home. Just sayin'.
The magic was present from the very first moments of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration - and celebrate, we did! Winnie the Pooh - and Tigger, too! - stopped by the Wonder and Wander event for pictures, cuddles, and story time. It was so nice to see these two right at the beginning of our adventure, as it helped the little ones to ease in to character interactions in a comfortable and laid-back environment. Danger especially enjoyed the sweet snuggles she got from her favorite tiger!
My family and I spent some of our free time wandering around Epcot, taking in the sights, sounds, and foods from the World Showcase.
We traveled from Mexico to China without breaking a sweat! How many people can say that?! And look who we ran into in China... Princess Mulan! So exciting!
Attendees were able to celebrate Mom's Night Out in style at an elegant welcome reception at Epcot. We enjoyed sparkling beverages, hearty hors d'oeuvres, and light conversation with blogger friends old and new. Special speaker Chris Powell from ABC's Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition greeted attendees with an inspiring and uplifting speech about how WE are in charge of our success and our failure, and it is up to US to be accountable to the promises we make for our own health.
Our families were able to join us for dinner at Epcot, and as part of the Disney TRYit program, we were able to nibble on tasty entrees, ranging from spaghetti to seasoned beef and mushroom dishes. We were joined by Mickey Mouse himself, as he danced on stage to the music of iCurrent (a very cool techno band that uses iPads as instruments!) Wreck It Ralph, Vanellope, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, and Tarzan were available for character interactions, but Danger wasn't interested in hanging with the Disney crew - she was all too happy to make new friends on the dance floor! And dance, she did!
After dinner, we were ushered out to watch the Illuminations: Reflections of Earth show from a special viewing area. Desserts were served, and boy, were they delicious! I cannot imagine a more perfect end to the day than watching the Illuminations show at Epcot. It was so wonderful!
Since we spent so much time at Epcot today, it only makes sense to ask you this: What is your favorite Epcot attraction? Do you like the World Showcase area, or do you prefer the rides at Future World?
As an attendee of this invite-only event, I received complimentary items, special discounts and other benefits, such as food and entertainment, from the event organizers in order to experience the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort. All opinions shared in this article come from the careful consideration of my own personal experiences, and were not purchased or directed in any way.